Making Meaning

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It can be challenging to help students see reading as an interactive process that involves thinking, questioning, discussing, rereading, and responding to texts. Making Meaning lessons are designed to deepen teacher understanding of effective instruction and illuminate student thinking about literature, supporting the development of critical thinking and a lifelong love of reading.

Part of the CCC Collaborative Literacy suite of programs, Making Meaning provides a full year of research-based instruction for grades K–6* that helps teachers deepen their understanding of best practices for teaching comprehension and vocabulary. The curriculum intentionally combines academics with social and emotional learning to create an environment in which students learn to collaborate, agree and disagree respectfully, and take responsibility for their own learning. Carefully selected nonfiction and fiction read-aloud trade books provide a rich, rewarding experience as students encounter increasingly complex texts and build their vocabulary.

Learn More About Making Meaning

Download the brochure, view our informational webinar, or visit the CCC Learning Hub to explore lessons, interactive whiteboard activities, assessment forms, vocabulary teaching resources, and professional development media. See what’s new in the Making Meaning third edition by grade level here.

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I love how authentic the lessons and focus strategies are. It’s what good readers, listeners, and community members do in real life.

Monica McCurry, fourth-grade teacher

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Additional Libraries to Support Read-alouds

The Comprehension Strategies Libraries provide grade-level books designed to support instruction of the specific strategies used in the lessons. These read-aloud texts can be used to teach the comprehension focus of the week, or as an option should a teacher choose to repeat a week of instruction.

Correlations to Common Core and Other State Standards

Making Meaning was designed to meet the rigorous demands of the Common Core and other state standards. To aid this effort, we have produced correlations of the standards to instruction at grade levels K–5, available in the form of sortable spreadsheets. The documents can be sorted by standard, unit, week, and even day of instruction. Any changes you make to a spreadsheet can be saved using “Save as” and renaming the document. 

Educators in Florida, Texas, and Virginia can download correlations here.

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*Upgrades to the third edition of Making Meaning for grade 6 will be available in 2016. Shipping is 6% against prices at time of upgrade. Expires 7/31/19.

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